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by Jean-David Morvan

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[book:Omaha Beach on D-Day: June 6, 1944 with One of the World's Iconic Photographers|23310819] Robert Capa was the only photographer who went ashore with the Allied Invasion Force on Omaha Beach on D-Day. Though he shot 4 rolls of film, only 10 of the images survived. These images have become the iconic images that represent to the world what happened that day on the beaches of Normandy France.

This book tells the story of both the 10 images and the life story of Robert Capa. To do this the book is interesting divided into 3 sections. The first section uses the graphic story book approach to tell the story of Robert Capa's work during World War II leading up to D-Day, the days after D-Day, and finally his death in Indochina. The second section of the book are the 10 iconic images from Omaha Beach. Finally, the third section is a traditional biography of Robert Capa accented with his World War images and concluded with a photo from Indo china (one of the very last photos he took).

This book is book is more than a picture book, more than a biography, more than a graphic story book. This book is story of an amazing photographer who succeeded through his hardwork. It's the story of the greatest land invasion of modern time. It is the story of some of the most iconic images from the second World War. I didn't know anything about this book when I sat down to read it. It now has a prized place of on my bookshelf. For such a narrow topic, this book will appeal to a much wider audience. People interested in photography, military history, and the emerging genre of telling history via the "graphic novel" approach will all find this book absolutely worth the read! ( )
  LouisianaReader | Nov 3, 2015 |
OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY by Jean-David Morvan, Séverine Tréfouël, Robert, Capa, and others is an immersive visual history of a photojournalist’s experiences in World War II.

Taking a unique visual approach, readers experience World War II through the eyes of a reporter using drawings and then photographs to tell the story. The first half of this amazing book is presented as a graphic biography using a graphic-novel style approach to share the story surrounding the D-Day experience from the perspective of a reporter. The second half of the book presents the ten captioned photographs taken by Robert Capa on D-Day. The book concludes with an exploration of the career of Robert Capa who is known as one of the “fathers of photojournalism”.

While some students enjoy studying history, others hate it. This visually-rich history is an engaging way to personalize the war for readers. While some youth will be drawn to the military or photojournalism aspects, others will be attracted to the compelling story of one man’s experiences.

Librarians will find that this graphic biography appeals to tween and teen audiences who enjoy military themes, history, and photojournalism. It would be particularly useful for reluctant readers and students looking for non-traditional ways to explore world history.

This is the first book in a new series focusing on key moments in World War II history. This collection will be popular in both middle and high school libraries.

For those interested in the photography of Robert Capa, go to http://goo.gl/4tKnTo.

Published by First Second, an imprint of Macmillan on October 20, 2015. ARC provided by publisher. ( )
  eduscapes | Oct 25, 2015 |
Outstanding nonfiction graphic retelling of WWII's Omaha Beach through the eye's of photojournalist Robert Capra. This is both Capra's story and an accounting of the D-Day battle. Through graphic art panels, photography, and essays the reader is taken right into the middle of this famous event which molds itself around Capra's famous photograph "Soldier in the Surf". The majority of the book is told in graphic novel format and tells Robert Capra's story of being a photojournalist during WWII, especially his involvement in Omaha Beach and the famous photographs he took that day. Following that are the photographs themselves, entitled "The Magnificent Eleven" as a group and, in conclusion, there are three essays illustrated with photos by Capra, of Capra, and by others which give a deeper insight into both Robert Capra, the man and Capra the photojournalist as well as the story behind the iconic photograph, "Soldier in the Surf". An excellent book which gives an emotional and personal account of a moment in history which is directed to the general reader, whether they be adult or teen. ( )
  ElizaJane | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Graphic story based on Robert Capa's attendance at and photographs of the Operation Neptune landing operation on June 6, 1944, (D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy, with essays that detail the events of the D-Day landing.

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